2013 WJFF GUIDE TO FILMS
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French Jewish Cinema :: Music and Film 
  


 



A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA
Dir. Thierry Binistri (99min, France/Canada/Israel, 2010)
French, Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles
, Narrative

Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman living in Jerusalem. Frustrated by the hatred between Israelis and Palestinians, she scrawls a letter, slips it into a bottle, and throws it into the sea. Weeks later, Tal receives an email from the mysterious “Gazaman”....More Information and Tickets 



THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART
Dir. Jennifer Devoldere (98min, France, 2011)
French with English Subtitles, Narrative

An assured debut from writer/director Devoldere, this film offers an honest, light-hearted, take on a dysfunctional Jewish family in Paris. While patriarch Eli expects a baby with his new young wife, he attempts to reconcile his tepid relationship with his adult daughter, by reaching out to her ex-boyfriends and volunteering for her new art project.
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LET MY PEOPLE GO!
Dir. Mikael Buch (88min, France, 2011)
French with English Subtitles, Narrative


A hilarious fusion of gay romantic comedy, Jewish family drama and French bedroom farce, this film follows the travails and daydreams of the lovelorn Reuben, a French-Jewish mailman living in fairytale Finland with his gorgeous Nordic boyfriend. Just before Passover, a lovers’ quarrel exiles Reuben back to Paris and his zany family
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PARIS MANHATTAN (Opening Night Film)
Dir. Sophie Lellouche (80min, France, 2012)
French with English Subtitles, Narrative

Idealistic Alice is completely obsessed with Woody Allen. Alice’s concerned Jewish parents hope to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but he quickly realizes that he’s no match for the man of her dreams...
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THE CANTOR'S SON
Dir. Ilya Motyleff and Sidney Goldin (uncredited) (90min, USA, 1937)
Yiddish with English Subtitles, Narrative

In this rejoinder to The Jazz Singer, Moishe Oysher makes his screen debut as a cantor’s son who leaves the shtetl behind for the excitement of New York City. Finding stardom, he is torn between the glitzy world of American entertainment and the traditions of the Old Country....More Information and Tickets



HAVA NAGILA (THE MOVIE) (Closing Night Film)
Dir. Roberta Grossman (73min, USA, 2011)
Documentary


It is to music what the bagel is to food. It’s musical shorthand for anything Jewish. This new hit from Roberta Grossman takes you from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the nightclubs of New York, as she weaves together the history of Hava Nagila, the Jewish standard that transcended its humble origins to become a worldwide phenomenon....More Information and Tickets


I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN 
Dir. Peter Sillen (89min, USA, 2010)
Documentary


An outsider artist, punk poet and troubled soul once proclaimed “The Godfather of Grunge,” Jesse Bernstein has opened for both Nirvana and William S. Burroughs. This fascinating underground documentary tells the story of a writer and performer who lived and wrote about life on the fringes, all while coping with the substance abuse and mental illness....
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LOU REED, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, NICO, ANDY WARHOL AND THE SOUNDS OF DISSENT
Presented by Shelley Archives (90min, USA)

The 1960s was a time of experimentation, questioning, and reinvention. Many artists gravitated to Andy Warhol’s Factory for the freedom they sought to create, and the notoriety they needed to seek commercial success. The Velvet Underground, led by Lou Reed, were at the very center of it all.
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MUSIC MAN MURRAY
Dir. Richard Parks (22min, USA, 2011)
Documentary Short


Murray Gershenz, the 86-year old proprietor of an LA music shop stocked with nearly half a million vinyl records, decides it's time to sell.
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ORCHESTRA OF EXILES
Dir. Josh Aronson (85min, Germany/Israel/Poland/USA, 2012)
Documentary
 

In the early 1930’s, as the Nazis began forcing Jewish musicians out of European orchestras, they unwittingly presented a violin prodigy with a unique opportunity. In a race against time, Bronislaw Huberman founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, and helped hundreds of Jewish musicians escape Europe....More Information and Tickets


STOP THE MOTION, START THE COMMOTION: THE WORK OF ADAM BIZANSKI
Dir. Adam Bizanski

Adam Bizanski is a director and animator known for his innovative stop-motion music videos and short films. Selections from Bizanski's catalogue will be showcased throughout the Festival...More Information and Tickets



WHEN DAY BREAKS
Dir. Goran Paskaljević (90min, Serbia, 2012)
Serbian with English Subtitles, Narrative

Recently retired Misha Brankov is entrusted with a battered box excavated from the site of a former Nazi death camp. Scanning the documents inside, Brankov makes a jarring discovery: his real name is not Brankov, but Weiss. Digging deepery, Misha struggles through a collective national amnesia to uncover the truth about his past....
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